Aaron Rodgers Set for Full Participation in Jets’ OTAs; Bills Add Depth with Claypool, Smoot, and Jones

As the NFL offseason progresses, teams are gearing up for the upcoming season with rookie minicamps and plans for organized team activities (OTAs). In the AFC East, both the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills are making moves to strengthen their rosters and prepare for the challenges ahead.

The Jets, under the leadership of head coach Robert Saleh, are optimistic about quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ involvement in the upcoming OTAs. Despite Rodgers’ season-ending Achilles injury early in his debut season with the Jets, Saleh expects no restrictions on the veteran quarterback once team drills commence on May 20. The anticipation of a fully healthy Rodgers back in action is sure to ignite excitement among Jets fans, who had high hopes dashed by last season’s unfortunate setback.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills have been active in bolstering their squad, notably adding receiver Chase Claypool to the mix. Claypool, a former second-round pick by the Steelers, joins the Bills on a one-year deal after stints with the Bears and Dolphins last season. While his recent production has been modest, Claypool’s potential adds depth and competition to Buffalo’s receiving corps, especially following the departure of Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis in free agency.

In addition to Claypool, the Bills have strengthened their defense with signings of defensive end Dawuane Smoot and linebacker Deion Jones, both on one-year deals. Smoot brings seven seasons of experience from the Jaguars, boasting a track record of 23.5 career sacks and a knack for disrupting opposing quarterbacks. Jones, previously with the Atlanta Falcons, adds versatility and playmaking ability to Buffalo’s linebacker unit, further fortifying the team’s defensive arsenal.

As the AFC East landscape takes shape, the Jets and Bills are positioning themselves for success in the upcoming season. With Rodgers poised to lead the Jets’ offense and the Bills shoring up their roster with key acquisitions, the division promises to be fiercely competitive, setting the stage for thrilling matchups and compelling storylines in the 2024 NFL season.